JULY 8, 1945
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Highlights of DonLund's Michigan Athletic Career RE
NEWS + VIEWS + COMMENT
T y BILL MULLENDORE, Daily Sports Editor
T ISN'T VERY OFTEN that any athlete wins nine major letters at the
University of Michigan. As a matter of fact, only seven ,men have
performed that feat in the history of the school. And it is rarer yet for a
man to win nine letters and be remembered not so much for his sports
prowess but for other qualities of sportsmanship, leadership, and self
sacrifice that seem to lift him from the common herd of athletes and place
him in a separate class whose membership is strictly limited.
Such an athlete, and such a man, was Don Lund, who recently
climaxed a brilliant career at the University by signing a professional
baseball contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers after, winning three
letters in each of three sports and captaining three squads during his
senior year. In doing so, Lund became Michigan's seventh nine-letter
man, but, more than that, he left an impression on the campus as a
sportsman and a leader such as few sports figures can hope to leave.
Lund was, and is, a great athlete. While never particularly spectac-
ular, he combined rare qualities of steadiness and dependability that made
his presence on the field an invaluable asset to any team on which he ever
played. He was not the sort of performer that blows alternately "hot
and cold," but was always out there doing his best day after day in what-
ever role fell to his lot. No one could ever level the epithet of "prima
donna" at Lund.
1LUND WON the first of his nine letters in football as a sophomore in
- 1942, despite the fact that he was competing against All-American Bob
Westfall and a couple of other pretty fair players, Bob Weise and Don
Boor, for the fullback position. In basketball, he quickly made a place for
himself at guard where his fine defensive play and floor-work stood him in
good stead. And when baseball season rolled around, Lund's outfielding
abilities and skill at the plate won for him a regular centerfielder's role.
The next football season again found Lund overshadowed by
another All-American, battering Bill Daley, but he plugged along with-
out protest even though he,, and everyone else, knew that on any
other team he would have been a sure first-stringer. His teammates
recognized him, too, according him the captain's role for 1944. His
basketball mates did the same following another successful year as
first string guard, and the baseball squad made it three captaincy's
A lot of insight into an athlete's character can be gained by watching
the reactions of the men with whom he plays. And when a squad elects
hman to be captain, youtcan be pretty sure that he rates "ace high" with
the bunch. And when three different squads name the same man as
leader, you can almost bet your last dollar that he has something special
pn the ball, 'an extra something containing elements of leadership and
team spirit as well as other qualities of character. Lund had that some-
AS A CAPTAIN, Lund did not belie his mates' judgment. In 1944, Bob
Weise, also an All-American, again took over the fullback spotlight.
But Michigan was short of capable centers, and Lund volunteered to try
his hand at the pivot position. And while he did not set the world on fire,
he did well enough, and when Weise left the University at mid-season he
shifted back to fullback, where for the first time he was number one
mnan at the position. His record, in case you want to look it up, speaks
It was the same story in basketball. Michigan had plenty of
guards but was short of centers. Again Lund volunteered, although
he had neither the physique nor the shooting ability for the job. But
constant practice and diligent hard work made up for the lack of
natural talents, and again Lund came through with flying colors.
To Begin Grid
Six Veterans Return
From 1945 Eleven
By The Associated Press
EAST LANSING, July 7-A turn-
out of about 75 to 85 football hope-
fuls is expected Monday at Michi-
gan State College for the first day of
summer practice, Coach Charlie
Bachman declared today.
The practice is slated to run from
July 9 to Aug. 17, followed by fall
practice which is scheduled to begin
Sept. 4. The first two weeks of sum-
mer work will consist of calisthen-
ics and running through plays, Bach-
man said, with intrasquad games
"starting as soon as the boys are
With only six first stringers among
the Spartans' returning lettermen,
Bachman expects to draw heavily
upon freshman newcomers and re-
The Spartans, beaten only by Mis-
souri last season, plan to spend most
of the six-week summer practice on
fundamentals, getting into the
tricky maneuvers of Bachman's "Z"
formation in the fall session.
HITTING SPREE-Tommy Hol-
mes, Boston Braves' rightfielder,
who recently broke Rogers Horns-
by's 23-year old record by hitting
safely in 33 consecutive games, is
still going strong and has run the
string to 35. Here, Holmes is
shown blasting a double against
Pittsburgh for the hit that tied
Did you know?
By Herbert Ruskin
That the Michigan football
squad has played 27 games with Case
without losing any of them. In 1910,
however, the men from Cleveland'
managed to stop the Wolverines
enough to gain a 3-3 tie.
. . . That the Little Brown Jug,
famous trophy of the annual Mich-
igan-Minnesota rivalry, was stolen
in 1931 just a few days before the
Gopher-Wolverine game. Michi-
gan had an exact duplicate made,
butaluckily the original was found
in a clump of shrubbery on, cam-
pus before game time.
That Michigan not only played
in, but won the first Rose Bowl game.
On Nev Year's day 1902 the unbeat-
en, untied, unscored upon team of
1901 defeated Stanford by the score
of 49-0. The Michigan squad in-
cluded such stars as Willie Heston
and 10-letter winner Neil Snow.
. . . That during the five years
when fencing was a Varsity sport
Wolverine teams had a .750 per-
centage. They won 21, while los-
ing only seven of the matches.
. . That Michigan's first football
coach was named Murphy. He was
head of the 1891 squad. Four other
men followed him until 1901, when
Fielding H. Yost became head foot-
ball mentor. The next man who
coached more than two years was
Harry Kipke who lasted until 1938
when he was succeeded by Herbert
0. 'Fritz" Crisler.
. . .That since 1901 Wolverine
football teams have gone through
11 undefeated seasons. In that
same period the grid men had nine
seasons in which they only lost one
game. In only two years since
1892 have Michigan squads finish-
ed a season with a percentage of
less than .500.
.That the pre-war Intramural
program included 33 different sports.
Some of those sports were shooting,
bowling, water polo, and relays.
. . . That Ray Fisher has been
in his position as baseball coach
longer than any other coach at.
Michigan. He took over his pres-
ent post in 1921 succeeding Lund-
gren. During his 25 years at Mich-
igan, he has coached 10 Western
Conference championship teams.
This gives him a .400 percentage
which isn't half bad considering
the fact that there are nine other
schools in the Big Ten.
By The Associated Press
DETROIT, July 7-Roger Cramer's
10th inning triple into the left field
corner with nobody out scored Rudy
York, who had singled, and enabled
the Detroit Tigers to beat the New
York Yankees 3 to 2 today for left-
hander Hal Newhouser-s'13th victory.
Cramer's game-winning blow was
his fourth of the game in five times
at bat and pinned the defeat on
righthander Bill Zuber, who went all
the way for the Yanks, allowing 13
Newhouser, giving nine hits, thus
became the winner of his third extra-
inning duel this season - the only
ones Detroit has played. The narrow
triumph was the Tigers' 17th one-run
decision of the season against eight
Tigers Score Twice
Detroit grabbedea two-run lead in
the second inning on York's single,
Cramer's double, Bob Maier's walk,
Paul Richards' hit that right fielder
Art Metheny lost in the sun and an
infield boot by Frank Crosetti.
Singles by Mike Garbark and
George (Snuffy) Stirnweiss and
Crosetti's double off the left field
wall cut Detroit's edge tp 2-1 in the
fifth and the Yanks tied it up in
the eighth by filling the bases on
an error and two hits before New-
houser walked Mike Garbark to force
the tying tally across.
Hal Fans Six
Detroit put men on first and sec-
ond in the ninth with nobody out but
Zuber got through the inning with-
Newhouser walked three men and
fanned six to bring his strikeout to-
tal to 107 for the season. He now
has won 13 games and lost five.
Crosetti hit himself on the left
ankle with the bat, while swinging
in the ninth, and Mike Milosevich
played the 10th inning at shortstop.
While Cramer was the game's bat-
ting star with two singles, a double
and a triple in five trips, Richards
slapped out three singles and New-
houser and York of the Tigers, Stirn-
weiss, Tuck Stainback and Garbark
of the Yanks each had two hits.
A junior varsity football team will
probably be formed late in the prac-
tice season, according to Arthur Val-
pey, assistant football coach and last
year's "Jayvee" mentor.
Although the coaching staff has re-
ceived letters from several schools
desirous of being included in Michi-
gan's junior varsity schedule, definite
plans cannot be made until the men
for the squad are selected.
After the resumption of, regular
summer practice Aug. 27, the varsity
players will be picked, and the re-
maining candidates can be shifted to
Hal Triumphs in Third Extra-Inning Tilt;
Clubs Scheduled for Doubleheader Today
ARE BUMS SLIPPING?
Dodgrers Threatened by Cubs
As Lead Is Cut to One Game
Baseball, his first
claimed him next, and
had so marked him in
that Lund had made a
ladder to professional
love and his choice for a post-graduate career,
he again displayed the same sterling qualities that
other places. And no one was displeased to learn
good deal with the Dodgers as his first step up the
Coaches, players, friends, newspapermen, everyone have only the
best to say of Lund. They are all pulling for him in his new endeavors,
and are wishing him the best of luck in whatever he does. And if there
is anything in hard work, selflessness, team spirit, and strong leadership,
Lund will continue to make the grade.
BROOKLYN, July 7-(P)-Faced
with the possible loss of their Na-
tional League lead, the Dodgers turn-
ed on the St. Louis Cardinals today
and whipped the defending cham-
The victory kept the Brooks on
top by 11 percentage points over the
Chicago Cubs who blanked the Phil-
Smothered 15-3 in last night's
game, the Brooks got off to an early
lead today with four runs in the
first two innings and by the end of
the seventh had piled up a 10-3 mar-
gin, sufficient to stave off the Cards'
* 1 4
Cubs Beat, Phils, 30
PHILADELPHIA, July 7-(/P)-The
Philadelphia Phillies, unable to check
the pennant hopeful Chicago Cubs,
suffered a 3 to 0 setback behind the
six-hit pitching of their former team-
mate, Claude Passeau, who chalked
up his ninth consecutive victory to
run the Cub's string of wins to eight
straight. * *
Holmes Continues Streak
BOSTON, July 7 - (4)-- Tommy
Holmes added another tally to his
new record today as he hit safely in
his 35th consecutive game while the
Boston Braves edged the Pittsburgh
Pirates 7 to 6.
Holmes' 35th was a scratch hit that
bounced off Frank Colman's glove
and in his other three appearances
at the bat the Braves right fielder
walked once, grounded out to first
and popped out to shortstop.
Bosox Edge Indians
CLEVELAND, July 7-(P)-Domi-
nic Ryba pitched the Boston Red
Sox to an 8-6 victory over the Cleve-
land Indians today as his teammates
nicked four Tribe pitchers for 11
hits, including homeruns by George
Metkovich and Ed Lake.
It was the first series victory for
the Bosox in three starts. Ryba re-
lieved Jim Wilson in the fourth in-
ning after each team scored three
runs in the opening inning.
Giants Whip Reds Twice
NEW YORK, July 7--()-The
Giants climbed into a four-way bat-
tle for first place in the National
League today by whipping Cincin-
nati in both ends of a double header,
3 to 1 and 11 to 7.
Chisox Take A's Twice
CHICAGO, July 7-(P)-The White
Sox broke their six game losing streak
when outfielder Wally Moses' steal of
home gave them a 1 to 0 victory over
the Philadelphia Athletics in the first
game of a doubleheader today and
then pounded Russ Christopher, the.
A's 11 game winner, for 18 hits and a
12 to 4 victory in the second.
Major League Standings
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Seven Inter-Loop War 1
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CHICAGO, July 7-(AP)-The All-
Star baseball game is a war casualty,
but its 1945 counter-part is scheduled
Monday and Tuesday when seven
American vs. National League con-
tests will be played for war relief.
The surcease from their respective
championship races will find the
Major Leagues attempting to raise
their total war relief contributions
to more than $3,000,000
TEAM W L Pct. GB
Brooklyn ........43 29 .597 ..
Chicago..........40 28 .588 1
St. Louis .........40 31 .563 2z
New York ........40 35, .533 41/
Pittsburgh.......36 35 .507 612
Boston ...........35 35 .500 7
Cincinnati ........32 36 .471 9
Philadelphia ......20 57 .260 251
Detroit...........42 27 .609 . .
x-Washington ... .38 30 .559 32
New York ........38 32 .543 4z
Boston ...........36 34 .514 6
Chicago ..........37 36 .507 7
x-St. Louis .......32 35 .478 9
Cleveland .,....32 36 .471 91/
Philadelphia......22 47 .319 20
x-Does not include night game.
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